Experience life on and around an authentic Viking ship. Vikings are known for their “raiding and trading” but they were also master crafters in wood, metal and fabric arts. Based around our flagship Polaris, visitors will get to see, feel, and hear the sounds of costume, metal working, and wood working. They will get to experience what it was like aboard a small Viking longship and even try their hand at rowing.
Salem Heritage Days
The Salem Jazz & Soul Festival is a free event the whole family will enjoy. In addition to live sounds of national New Orleans jazz talent, national bands and local ensembles, the day features a Salem Five music education classes, arts & crafts, a kid's tent, and much more, all at the Salem Willows.
The Fireman's Muster at Salem Willows is part of Salem Heritage Days and an awesome event. An antique hand-pumped fire engine muster where crews pump their machines to see who can play the longest stream of water. This is the oldest organized sport in the United States. Spectators are invited to try out pumping the machines!
Presented by the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, the annual Salem Maritime Festival in August hosts an exciting array of free family fun festivities, including live music, traditional craft demonstrations and seaport trade exhibits, story-telling, and family fun! Each year, music, demonstrations, exhibits, and children's activities are available throughout the park and on Derby Wharf in Salem Massachusetts!
The Coast Guard Barque EAGLE is making a port call in Salem, MA this August - arriving August 9 and staying through August 11! The ship was built in 1936 in Germany, and commissioned as Horst Wessel, one of three sail training ships operated by the pre-World War II German navy. At the close of World War II, Horst Wessel was taken as a war reparation by the United States, recommissioned as the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle and sailed to New London, Connecticut. Eagle provides an unparalleled at-sea leadership and professional development experience for future officers of the U.S. Coast Guard.
The Official Magician of Salem will be presenting family-friendly magic for everyone to enjoy. If you are a kid or a kid at heart you will enjoy being a part of the magic. Anton is a Magician, Artist, and Creator of Unforgettable Experiences. In 2017, Anton was named The Official Magician of Salem Massachusetts, a title created specifically for him by The Massachusetts House of Representatives, Massachusetts State Senate, and Salem City Council.
The Salem Jazz & Soul Festival is a free event the whole family will enjoy. Safiya Leslie is an artist and producer who transcends the norm. Flavoring her sounds with musical dialects hailing from jazz and her Afro-Caribbean roots. Safiya and her powerful band combine jazz chops, urban attitude, and Caribbean beauty.
Come listen to some great music by two bands made up of Salem residents and others from Grade 7 through adult, under the direction of Cynthia Napierkowski, director of the Salem High School Band. Event takes place at the Salem Willows Shell, with the Salem High School Auditorium serving as a rain location.
Join Historic New England and the North Shore Old Car Club for the Annual Car Meet, where vintage and antique vehicles are displayed on historic Chestnut Street. See the Phillips family’s collection of carriages, two Pierce-Arrows, and a Model A Ford.
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